Drew Williams Recovery Fund

$67,637 of $100k goal

Raised by 681 people in 36 months
Jodi Kroening-Williams  CHICAGO, IL
Drew suffered severe head trauma during his high school football game on Friday October 4, 2013. He was admitted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois immediately following the incident undergoing emergency surgery to extract a portion of his skull to relieve pressure. For updates on Drew's recovery and to leave words of encouragement, please visit and Like the Drew Williams Recovery page on Facebook.

The site you are currently on is to help relieve Drew and his family of some of the financial burden by raising funds to help with medical bills, expenses related to staying with Drew at the hospital, and overall expenses for Drew's longterm care.


If you are able, please spread the word and donate. No donation is too small - every little bit helps!

***All donations are considered Charitable Contributions for Tax filing purposes***

Handwritten checks should be made out to Drew Williams Recovery Foundation 501c3
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Update 15
6 months ago

Happy Easter! We want to express our thanks to all who continue to pray for Drew and stop by to visit. He truly enjoys your company and please know your support and encouragement is essential to his recovery.

Drew is staying quite healthy however in early March it was necessary to have a short hospital stay for pneumonia. It was during this time his nurse moved on to a new patient. We are reaching out to our friends in hopes that you may know an LPN to cover our Monday through Friday , 7:15 - 3:15, day shift. Our home health agency would do the vetting.

The role requires a dedicated and compassionate professional. Who better to reach out to for introductions than friends who love and care for Drew as we do? We would really appreciate you spreading the word.

Please contact us through this recovery page. Thanks in advance and we hope to see you as the weather warms up!
Thanks,
The Williams
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Update 14
23 months ago

We are happy to say that Drew is now home, after being hospitalized at Lurie Children’s for enterovirus a couple weeks ago. During his stay, he received several needed consultations, all which resulted in positive outcomes. Drew is currently receiving home schooling through Lane Tech on a daily basis. He is also receiving in-home chiropractic services, which are beneficial, as he sleeps better and shows more involuntary movements of his arms and legs. Despite the fact that Drew is still recovering from his cold, he will be attending the walk this Sunday and would love to see you!! If you haven’t already registered, it’s not too late to do so. Donations can be made at the walk and do not need to be made when you register. However, it is very important that all participants do register, by visiting www.walkfordrew.org, so that the organizers can plan accordingly for refreshments following the walk.

As always, the support, thoughts and prayers continue to warm our hearts and provide our family with the needed strength to carry on with a positive outlook for Drew’s recovery.

Love,

The Williams
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Update 13
30 months ago

In the past, writing updates on Drew has been disheartening as there was little progress being made. Today, however, we are extremely excited to inform everyone that Drew has turned a corner and is on the upswing!! :) The surgery to put the piece of his skull back went well and he is becoming more alert every week. He is still in a vegetative state but he is keeping both eyes open most of the time. In speech therapy he is working on swallowing and enhancing his senses. He can move his tongue and is beginning to learn how to open his mouth. In physical therapy he is consistently turning his head both left and right when asked to. He can track moving objects with his eyes and is building strength while learning how to hold his head up; he has reached 60 seconds which is terrific!! He is also starting to show more facial expressions, especially when we hug him. We can tell this makes him happy :) We are so grateful he made it through this winter without a cold or illness. At this time he can have visitors and we are sure he would love to see you and hear your familiar voices. We tell Drew how much everyone loves him and asks about him, and we read him all of the messages that everyone sends to him and our family. Please continue to lift Drew up in prayer as his progress proves it's working.

Love and much thanks, The Williams
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Update 12
31 months ago

We want to thank everyone who has faithfully followed Drew's recovery and commented on his public or private Facebook pages. Know that your prayers and encouragement mean a great deal to our family. Although we can not respond to everyone individually, we do read each and every one of your comments.

We would like to give an update on Drew which is a painfully difficult thing to do at this time. Due to his severe brain injury his progress will be extremely slow. Therefore we ask that you be patient as we have to be. Know Drew is trying and getting stronger everyday. He is planned to have surgery in the near future to put back the piece of his skull that was removed during his craniotomy. We will update you after this occurs. As always, please keep Drew in your thoughts and prayers.

The Williams
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Tuly O'neil
14 months ago

We have followed Drews story since October 2013 wishing him and you all the best. Mike Ditka and I are holding a football clinic that might interest you Wedensday August 5 in Oakbrook. Would like to inteoduce you to the audience. Will be a chance to raise fu da for Drews rehab. Please contact me at 203-554-3939... Terry O'Neil Practice Like Pros. Thanks

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Ellery Lockwood
35 months ago

Saw this link on a friend's facebook profile who went to Drew's school- I am also from the Chicagoland area. I have just recovered from my 6th concussion and I am completely aware about the harmful head injury risks that sports often create for young (and older) athletes. I will be thinking of Drew and once I am back in Chicago in December I will hopefully be able to attend a fundraiser! This must be such a scary time- if you need anything or any support just find me on facebook :). Good luck guys- sounds like he's a fighter and I have full confidence that he will get better! Stay strong and keep the positive energy coming his way- he knows we're here for him.

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Richard Nix
35 months ago

I traveled from Florida on Oct 4th and I saw Drew's story on the News - I am praying for a full recovery and I am adding him on my prayer list at my church. May God bless him and his family through it all.

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Madeline Morales
35 months ago

MY DEAREST DREW I PRAY FOR HEALING ...MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU SUNSHINE. .. KEEP THE FAITH WE ARE ALL ON YOUR SIDE... CON MUCHO CARI~NO MRS.MORALES YOUR CICS SPANISH TEACHER. ..

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Latanya Barrett
35 months ago

My prayers are with you and a host of others. God healed the Sick, lame and blind. God is with you, he said he will heal the sick. I am a firm believer of that! My nephew was 9 years old and fell off the 3rd floor balcony. It was a struggle to wait and a slow process as well. Little Mike was on the news and reporters stated some information wrong and his head had swollen sooooo bad he didn't really look like himself but glory to GOD the almighty stretched his hand forth and healed him. Little Mike is now 16 and still smiles when he came out he was still able to recognize us. It was day to remember when he smiled at us. Drew is aware and from the information you gave tells us he is fighting to live. Stay strong, continue to speak with him on good things he love and most of continue to say you love him. Stay positive regardless what some may say, it gets hard and may be some bump and bruises along the way but he will be healed by his strife. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU DREW AND FAMILY (I KNOW HE IS ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS THAT STRENGTHENS YOU IN HIS WONDERFUL NAME)!

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CosbyCo InvestmentGroup
35 months ago

From all of us at CosbyCo Realty and Investment Group, our prayers are with you. Wishing a speedy recovery.

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Renee' Thompson
36 months ago

May God heal you and enable you to fully recover.

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Margaret Hug
36 months ago

Get better soon and a speedy recovery,

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Laura Martin
36 months ago

GOD IS WITH YOU, GOOD WISHES.

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Bryant Keil
36 months ago

Hope it helps. Wishing Drew a speedy recovery.

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$67,637 of $100k goal

Raised by 681 people in 36 months
Created October 7, 2013
Jodi Kroening-Williams  
TB
$50
Theresa Bryk
3 months ago
$50
Natalie Gottlieb
9 months ago

Love and light to you and your family Annie! Happy holidays and hope to see you in the new year. Xoxo.

$100
Ann Kruger
9 months ago
$50
Peter Phillips
9 months ago

God bless

$10
Selena de Leon
11 months ago
$111
Anonymous
21 months ago
$111
Anonymous
21 months ago
TM
$111
Tom and Carol Myers
23 months ago

Still thinking about Drew and family. Glad Drew is out of the hospital. Hope things are looking up.

$111
Anonymous
23 months ago
HF
$120
Harvey Family
23 months ago

Jack really wanted to come home this weekend to participate in the Walk for Drew but it was too far. Drew continues in our daily prayers.

Tuly O'neil
14 months ago

We have followed Drews story since October 2013 wishing him and you all the best. Mike Ditka and I are holding a football clinic that might interest you Wedensday August 5 in Oakbrook. Would like to inteoduce you to the audience. Will be a chance to raise fu da for Drews rehab. Please contact me at 203-554-3939... Terry O'Neil Practice Like Pros. Thanks

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Ellery Lockwood
35 months ago

Saw this link on a friend's facebook profile who went to Drew's school- I am also from the Chicagoland area. I have just recovered from my 6th concussion and I am completely aware about the harmful head injury risks that sports often create for young (and older) athletes. I will be thinking of Drew and once I am back in Chicago in December I will hopefully be able to attend a fundraiser! This must be such a scary time- if you need anything or any support just find me on facebook :). Good luck guys- sounds like he's a fighter and I have full confidence that he will get better! Stay strong and keep the positive energy coming his way- he knows we're here for him.

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Richard Nix
35 months ago

I traveled from Florida on Oct 4th and I saw Drew's story on the News - I am praying for a full recovery and I am adding him on my prayer list at my church. May God bless him and his family through it all.

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Madeline Morales
35 months ago

MY DEAREST DREW I PRAY FOR HEALING ...MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU SUNSHINE. .. KEEP THE FAITH WE ARE ALL ON YOUR SIDE... CON MUCHO CARI~NO MRS.MORALES YOUR CICS SPANISH TEACHER. ..

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Latanya Barrett
35 months ago

My prayers are with you and a host of others. God healed the Sick, lame and blind. God is with you, he said he will heal the sick. I am a firm believer of that! My nephew was 9 years old and fell off the 3rd floor balcony. It was a struggle to wait and a slow process as well. Little Mike was on the news and reporters stated some information wrong and his head had swollen sooooo bad he didn't really look like himself but glory to GOD the almighty stretched his hand forth and healed him. Little Mike is now 16 and still smiles when he came out he was still able to recognize us. It was day to remember when he smiled at us. Drew is aware and from the information you gave tells us he is fighting to live. Stay strong, continue to speak with him on good things he love and most of continue to say you love him. Stay positive regardless what some may say, it gets hard and may be some bump and bruises along the way but he will be healed by his strife. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU DREW AND FAMILY (I KNOW HE IS ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS THAT STRENGTHENS YOU IN HIS WONDERFUL NAME)!

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CosbyCo InvestmentGroup
35 months ago

From all of us at CosbyCo Realty and Investment Group, our prayers are with you. Wishing a speedy recovery.

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Renee' Thompson
36 months ago

May God heal you and enable you to fully recover.

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Margaret Hug
36 months ago

Get better soon and a speedy recovery,

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Laura Martin
36 months ago

GOD IS WITH YOU, GOOD WISHES.

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Bryant Keil
36 months ago

Hope it helps. Wishing Drew a speedy recovery.

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